4 KISSED BY REALITY STARS (★★★★)
*** Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, this doesn’t affect my opinion of this book and the words in this review. ***
Kissed by Reality wasn’t my first Carrie Aaron’s novel, so I knew what to expect in terms of her writing style and her ability to make her characters feel real and to let you get to know them. Just let me say that I liked reading Hitting to Win so much, I couldn’t wait to start another novel by this author. Especially after reading the blurb and finding out the premise. Carrie Aaron did it again, because Kissed by Reality was just as good, maybe even better.
A year after Leighton participated as one of the women in the reality tv show Right Now Island she’s back on tv. Because this is her third time in such a reality show Leighton knows exactly how it all works. In Right Now Island Finn and Leighton fell in love with each other, but Leighton ruined it all and broke Finn’s heart into a million pieces on live tv. She wants to win him back, because without Finn in her life, nothing really matters anymore. Finn is trying to get over het by finding a new woman to spend his life with as the new Mr. Right and Leighton is there to show him there’s no moving on from her. They are meant to be together. Will Leighton succeed in worming her way back into Finn’s heart and life?
Leighton participated in Mr. Right-like shows two times in a row, the last time was on Right Now Island. She’s good at keeping up a front. Just like how she’s still in love with Finn, but pretends she’s only on the show for the attention. She’s incapable of showing emotion, she’s just not wired that way. That has something to do with her daddy issues, due to her father leaving her and her mother when Leighton was in high school. Leighton is sarcastic, sweet and confident.
Finn is boyishly handsome, with dimples and clear blue eyes. He’s got a sweet site, but he can also be dirty and sarcastic. He’s a war veteran, he was a marine. But due to an accident he lost his leg and now he has a prosthetic leg. Finn also participated multiple times in Mr. Right-like shows, until he was Mr. Right himself. Finn is confident overall, but when it comes to his leg he’s very self-conscious. He grown up on a farm with his very protective and loving two brothers and parents.
The story is told in chronological order with alternating perspectives, between Finn and Leighton, but there are a couple flashbacks added. The flashbacks give you a glimpse into their lives together and the way they broke up. Very quickly you find out what exactly happened between the two. I really loved the flashbacks. I think the story would’ve been less good if the characters just told you what happened in the past, in comparison with the flashback Carrie Aaron’s used in Kissed by Reality. It just worked! Another thing I really likes was the cover. It’s just so beautiful. A cover like that would surely persuade me to buy this novel on its own, without any help of its premise and writer.
I couldn’t stop reading, because I wanted to find out what would happen with Finn and Leighton. I had to know if they would get a second chance at love. If Finn would find it in his heart to forgive Leighton. Because of how real both characters felt, you feel for them and you want happiness for them. With every encounter that was described in the book, you could feel how much they still loved each other and the sexual tension was off the charts! I really felt for Leighton and her mother, that part of the story was very sad. I just couldn’t stop the tears.
I liked the uniqueness of the premise, a touch of Hollywood to this story gave it an extra layer. I did think some parts of the story dragged, though. It didn’t happen a lot, there were just some passages in the book that didn’t need as much information as were used. Some information was repetitive and/or redundant.
Kissed by Reality is about a second chance in love. Being heartbroken, because you’ve been betrayed and trying to move on, even taking revenge. But finding out that you could never love someone as much, thus falling in love again and forgiving. This all combined with some steamy angry sex scenes and a touch of fake Hollywood and you’ve got the perfect sexy, sweet and emotional romance novel Kissed by Reality is.
ABOUT CARRIE AARONS
Author of romance novels such as the Over the Fence series and Red Card, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.
Carrie Aarons has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and can’t describe what it feels like to be able to write love stories as an actual career. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.
When she isn’t in what her husband calls a “writing coma,” Carrie Aarons is freeing-up her jampacked DVR, trying to become the next HGTV star as she DIYs her very first house, and planning her next travel adventure. She lives on the east coast with her husband whom she loves dearly for supporting her crazy dreams and putting up with her sassy, extroverted ways.